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Measures to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour and irresponsible dog owners reviewed

News release issued:

Measures put in place to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour and irresponsible dog ownership are being reviewed by Wyre Forest District Council.

The council is looking to renew the Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) it has in place in Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport town centres. The Orders mean designated officers can order people to hand over or dispose of alcohol if they are causing problems while drinking. If they do not, they can be given an on-the-spot fine of up to £100. If the case goes to court the fine can be £1,000. A PSPO is not an outright ban on street drinking.

The council is also reviewing the PSPO it has in place to tackle issues arising from irresponsible dog ownership. The Order gives designated officers the power to make sure people clean up after their dogs; walk them responsibly and keep them out of certain areas where they could cause an issue. It also limits the number of dogs one person can walk at a time to six. The council is proposing introducing two new offences. These are failing to provide a name and address and giving false ones.

Residents are encouraged to have their say on the measures included in the PSPOs. There are four surveys: one for each of the towns and a separate survey on dog controls.

Councillor Tracey Onslow, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Arts and Community Safety said:

“Public Spaces Protection Orders are intended to deal with anti-social behaviours which are detrimental to the community's quality of life. We want our communities to feel safe and have pride in where they live, so we need to know if residents agree with the controls we have in place and whether they think they are working. “

Details of the current orders and a link to the consultations can be found on our website.

The surveys close on Tuesday 8 August 2023 at 5pm.

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